Games of interest in the final week of the season generally fall into three categories. Games that decide district titles, games with at least one team fighting for its playoff life, and true play in games for the postseason. Here are the best of the three categories.
Play in games –
Cy Fair vs. Cy Creek – 7:00 p.m. Friday at Pridgeon Stadium
The two teams are tied for fourth in district 17-5A with no other teams possible to get that fourth spot. The playoffs begin a week early for these teams. Cy Fair has won three of its last four while Cy Creek is riding a three game winning streak.
Katy Seven Lakes vs Katy Morton Ranch – 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Rhodes Stadium
Another true play in game. Morton Ranch is a game ahead of Seven Lakes in the standings, but a Spartans win would create a tie for fourth and give Seven Lakes the tie breaker. Seven Lakes has been in a tail spin, losing its last three games (Katy, Cinco Ranch and Memorial) while Morton Ranch’s Deion Williams ran to the Mavericks rescue with a 547 yard effort to top Katy Taylor last week.
Aldine vs Aldine Eisenhower – 7:00 p.m. Friday at Thorne Stadium
Eisenhower holds a one game advantage over Aldine but will drop out of the playoffs if Aldine can get the win. Neither team is riding much momentum heading into this game. Aldine has lost its last two games, scoring just 13 points in the process. Eisenhower was shut out by Nimitz last week.
Fort Bend Travis vs. Fort Bend Dulles – 7:00 p.m. Friday at Mercer Stadium
This section could be called the 23-5A section. There are three 5-1 teams in the district and three 3-3 teams. They all play each other. Travis is the 5-1 team in this matchup, Dulles is 3-3. Dulles is limping to the finish line, scoring just six points in its final two games (both losses). The Vikings hope this game doesn’t come down to special teams, their kicker got hurt early in the season and they only go for two points after scoring.
Fort Bend Bush vs. Fort Bend Hightower – 7:00 p.m. Friday at Hall Stadium
Hightower was left for dead two weeks ago, in sixth place and two games behind the five-way tie for first. Since then, the Hurricanes haven’t stopped winning and two teams came back to them. Defense is the name of the game for Hightower and it will have to be on its game tonight. Bush is averaging 28.5 points per game in district play.
Fort Bend Elkins vs Fort Bend Austin – 6:00 p.m. Saturday at Mercer Stadium
Since beating Hightower on October 19th, Elkins hasn’t looked very playoff worthy. The Knights lost to Bush and Travis, giving up 85 points in the process. Meanwhile, Austin has won its last two games by a total 110-7.
Humble Summer Creek vs Dayton – 7:00 p.m. Friday at Dayton
The game of the weekend in the Houston area. Both teams are undefeated. Dayton is No. 4 in the state, Summer Creek is just outside the polls. Dayton holds the advantage with the game being played at home and being a more disciplined team. Summer Creek can score on anyone but the Bulldogs play like the Oakland Raiders, racking up penalties by the dozen. If Summer Creek continues to play like that, it will eventually catch up with them.
La Porte vs Port Arthur Memorial – 7:00 p.m. at Port Arthur
La Porte is riding high after stunning North Shore last week. The defense, so tough last year, is rounding into shape again. Only one team in district play so far has scored more than 20 points against the Bulldogs. Memorial has ridden the talents of quarterback Ricky Fisk to the brink of a district co-championship. Fisk has thrown for 17 scores (with a 61 percent completion percentage and just four interceptions) and rushed for 12 more. La Porte’s job is simple, stop Fisk.
Clear Springs vs Clear Creek – 7:00 p.m. Friday at Clear Creek Veterans Memorial Stadium
Clear Springs has had its way with district 24-5A for the last few years and is doing so again this year. After losing the weeks of the season the Chargers offense has been on fire, scoring just under 42 points per game in their seven game winning streak. Clear Creek was on a roll, undefeated with its closest win in being seven points until the Wildcats stumbled at Brazosport last week. Creek needs to right the ship to share the 24-5A crown with Springs.